The Bonmusica violin shoulder rest. Very flexible shoulder rest. Pliable metal base allows for a high degree of custom fit. Made in Germany.
24 out of 25 found the following review helpful
Pros: This is a well designed shoulder rest for serious players. I have used the Bonmusica daily for a year now. Helps to allow a relaxed posture and enables a big projection of sound. The idea of hooking the rest over the shoulder is a good one, and once adjusted it just sits in place waiting, this gives free mobility in the left arm and minimal tension in the jaw.
Cons: It is a lot more expensive than Resonans/Kun/Wolfe. It does have some adjustable locking nuts which I've never need to use. It may not suit players with short necks, since it really lifts the instrument off the shoulder.
13 out of 14 found the following review helpful
Pros: Most comfortable shoulder rest I've ever tried, used to get pain in my left shoulder from constantly raising it upwards towards my chin, the Bonmusica has completely and utterly removed the pain and the violin sits so well on my shoulder it feels like it's part of me.
Cons: It's a little big for my case ;) (not a real con!)
Other: Recommend this as THE most complete shoulder rest on the market, everyone I've let try it out wishes they owned one. Can't beat that!
9 out of 9 found the following review helpful
Pros: It fits nicely on your shoulder, you can adjust it easily and its doesn't always come off.
Cons: Have to be careful the screws don't come loose, as thats why I had to buy a new one, we couldn't find a screw that fitted.
8 out of 8 found the following review helpful
Pros: I found the Bonmusica shoulder rest to be much better than the one I had been using. It hooks over the shoulder to give good support without slipping and I adjusted it to give a really comfortable height. Wouldn't want to use any other make now.
Cons: I liked everything about it.
9 out of 10 found the following review helpful
Pros: After a few qualms initially, I found a position for the Shoulder rest that really suits me and I am now extremely happy with it. It is very secure and comfortable and helps with tone and intonation.
Cons: It doesn't fit quite so well in my fiddle case.
7 out of 7 found the following review helpful
Pros: The foam part which goes on the shoulder is very adjustable, and I have been able to experiment with many different set ups. The foam pad is very comfortable and it actually fits in my case!
Cons: If you clamp too hard with your chin it can fall off without warning, which can be problematic, but it hasn't happened too much to me.
6 out of 6 found the following review helpful
Pros: Very comfortable Quick to adjust to the individual Good instructions Vastly improved playing position Frees the left hand fingers to move properly
Other: After developing tennis elbow on the left side and dental problems from clenching my jaw to clamp the vioin steady, the penny finally dropped that my playing position had deteriorated badly over the years I had been playing. I researched violinist injuries and the name of this shoulder rest came up as a possible solution. It took 20-30 minutes from opening the bow to find a comfortable combination of settings to get the position right, but the instructions were very clear and helpful. Then when I started playing I was amazed! The violin was suddenlly weightless, supporting itself on my shoulder! I could use my fingers so much more freely, not having to worry about supporting the vioin. It was in a very different position from where I usually played it and this took a little getting used to especially with the bow hand but my tennis elbow disappeared overnight, muscle tension in my shoulders vanished and my tone therefore improved. I have stopped clenching my jaw while playing and hope to see the benefits on my teeth too! I am now saving up for the same rest for my viola. I will not be returning to a standard rest.
7 out of 8 found the following review helpful
Pros: Very good. Its ability to be shaped to my need is very good, and has solved a problem of my getting a stiff neck.
Cons: Because it has such a wide range of adjustments it took some time to work out best to set it. (The wide range is also an advantage!)